but first, a diversion. only if you promise to come right back!
the new york times shocks us today with the breaking news that skirts are a desirable fashion item.
i had no idea. thank you, new york times, for that vitally important fashion information.
“What works in skirts’ favor and makes them fun is that this is not strictly a luxury business,” said Catherine Moellering, executive vice president of the trend forecasting firm Tobé Report.
Budget-conscious shoppers might stray to novelty pieces like a Diane Von Furstenberg caution-yellow raffia mini ($265) or an Isabel Marant deliberately ravaged-looking stretch denim A-line ($445), both at Net-a-Porter; or, at Anthropolgie, a mosaic patterned A-line maxi ($98).
thank goodness! for a mere $100-$450, fashion timeliness is all mine. because who doesn’t have $265 for a “budget” item like a DVF miniskirt? that’s practically pocket change!
in my quest to move back into my sewing room, i’ve gotten back on board with some weekly sewing. progress has been made! fabric has been cut! behold, my pattern and fabric for this week’s “mad men” challenge:
i’m not a fan, personally, of mad men, but i am a huge fan of tom and lorenzo and their brilliant posts on the show and its costumes.
onto the pretty pictures (all images taken from tom and lorenzo’s mad style posts).
listen, i love joan. i’ve loved christina hendricks since she made eyes at nathan fillion on firefly. i even liked her in those weird season 8 episodes of ER she did. and i love how joan loves her body. but those wiggle dresses are not for me. i prefer joanie’s more casual looks.
same for betty. i’m all about a shirt dress, and that italian number she rocked in season 3 was stupefying. but i like betty when she’s all WASP-y casual.
my pattern selection for this week was originally the gorgeous vogue 4160, another gem from fiona at glass of fashion. upon unwrapping the pattern, however, i realized that it was so designed for a girdle that i actually couldn’t wear it as-is. (a first for me.) and then, because of the surplice bodice, i had a very fiddly time re-drafting it in proper measurements using my sloper. so i turned to my awesomely, slapdash-y vogue 8409, which fit like a charm, and redrew that to have bust gathers instead of pleats, kept the midriff (re-sized) from vogue 4160, and shortened my skirt from advance 8516, so that i could get all of the wiggle with none of the falling over. i cannibalized my biggest failure of 2011 to make bias piping for the midriff pieces and had enough scraps to make the facings as well. the remaining question as i finish cutting and sewing: boning or no boning? interestingly, the pattern instructions for vogue 4160 suggest some boning at the midriff. i think i agree with this for an extra crisp look. thoughts?